The Alchemist's Portrait - Sources of Inspiration

Check out the sources of inspiration for The Alchemist's Portrait.
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The French Revolution - The Reign of Terror.

The Reign of Terror was a period of violence that occurred after the onset of the French Revolution, incited by conflict between two rival political factions, the Girondins and the Jacobins, and marked by mass executions of "enemies of the revolution

The cover illustration for The Alchemist’s Portrait was based on the ‘Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife’ (1434) by Jan van Eyck.

The Arnolfini Wedding. The Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife Giovanna Cenami (The Arnolfini Marriage), 1434 Jan van Eyck - National Gallery London, UK - Have always loved this painting

The Russian Revolution - Red Square, Moscow, 1917.

November The Bolsheviks Rebel Against the Provisional Russian Government - “What we see now in Russia is the latest phase in the struggle, not between two foreign policies, but between two internal policies.

The French Revolution - Marie Antoinette.

Marie Antoinette, Queen Consort of France; by Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty, c. Wife of Louis XVI of France.

The Russian Revolution - Lenin speaking in Moscow, May 1920

Russian Revolution - Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolsheviks, speaking at a meeting in Sverdlov Square in Moscow, with Leon Trotsky and Lev Kamenev adjacent to the right of the podium

‘Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company (c. 1627)’, by Frans Hals, gives a good impression of how people dressed in seventeenth century Amsterdam.

1639 Frans Hals - Officers and Sergeants of the St George Civic Guard Company

The United States during the Civil War.

Civil War Battle Maps of Charleston SC harbor! Maps show Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, Fort Johnson, waterways and other local batteries. See our Revolutionary War maps from Charleston SC too!

Colorized version of a photograph of Ulysses S Grant taken during the American Civil War.

*ULYSSES S. GRANT ~ Presidents in Uniform. Victorious Union general of the Civil War. And prettiest president of the U S A dayum.

The French Revolution during the Reign of Terror.

DID YOU KNOW Place de la Concorde, meaning Place of Harmony, was actually one of the bloodiest squares during the A Guillotine was placed in the middle of the square to replace the statue of the monarch Louis XV.

Colorized version of a photograph of Robert E Lee, taken shortly after the Confederate surrender that ended the American Civil War.

War heroes: General Robert E. Lee was anti-slavery but a commander-in-chief of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia Picture is post war taken in front of "Lee House" in Richmond VA

Another famous painting mentioned in the novel, ‘The Laughing Cavalier’ by Frans Hals (1624),

Frans HALS [Dutch Baroque Era Painter, The Laughing Cavalier 1624 Oil on canvas, 83 x 67 cm Wallace Collection, London

A colorized version of a picture of American Civil War soldiers, including the future General Custer, reclining with a canine friend.

This photograph by Andrew depicts the staff of colorized picture of Brigadier General Andrew Porter in 1862 -George Custer of the Battle of Little Bighorn fame is shown reclining next to a dog on the right

Nicolaas van der Leyden, the villain of The Alchemist's Portrait, is based on some of the figures depicted in Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company painted by Frans Hals in 1627.

The Banquet of the Officers of the St Adrian Militia Company in Frans Hals, ("two big Hals portraits of banqueting officers, which she told me were very, very famous and had a gigantic influence on Rembrandt.